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Video: Trel Mack f/ Petter Jones - "Hell Yeah" (@trelmack @petterjonesske @QtheQuestion)

Video: Trel Mack f/ Petter Jones - "Hell Yeah"

Q: This video was long overdue as it was requested by many fans and now here it is. Trel Mack is currently working on his "The Night Before the Dawn" EP and Petter Jones will release "Super Saiyan" mixtape this year.

Video: The Other Guys "Turn the Lights Out" (@OtherGuysMusic @HiPNOTT)

Video: The Other Guys - "Turn the Lights Out"

HiPNOTT: The DMV duo had this video in the stash for the official album version, which you can find on Seeds of Ambition.

Audio: @mr_vnova @smifnwessun - "Abstract Art" (@DunnDealPR @thecrackfactory)

Audio: V. Nova & Smif-N-Wessun - "Abstract Art"

Dunn Deal: Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents "Abstract Art", his new single featuring Smif-N-Wessun. Produced by The Crack Factory, "Abstract Art" is set to appear on Nova's upcoming mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission" (HIPS3).

Audio: Rapbi Ben Israel - "Keep Thinking" (@RapbiBenIsrael)

Audio: Rapbi Ben Israel - "Keep Thinking"

Keith Slack: Rapbi Ben Israel - Keep Thinking ("Da Shiznit" Freestyle)

Audio: Looni - "Right Now" (@Looniism @KradDnim)

Audio: Looni - "Right Now" (prod. Krad On The Track)

Joe: There’s plenty of talent coming out of Atlanta at the moment and the current climate allows for the city to produce several different artists, along with their own unique styles. One of the latest to hit the scene in the ATL is an animated, quick-witted rapper that goes by the name of Looni and he’s currently working on his upcoming mixtape. In order to deliver the proper introduction before hitting us with a full-length project, Looni connects with producer Krad On The Track and he unveils “Right Now,” an upbeat, club-ready track that will rattle your trunk. Looni's project will be dropping in the near future!

Audio: Hubbs x Git - "Zoo" (@gitbeats @itsHubbs @PRDean)

Audio: Hubbs x Git - "Zoo"

PR Dean: BBE/Yoruba Records producer Git and Pittsburgh artist Hubbs return with their 1st Single off there up and coming project to be released soon. Follow @gitbeats @itsHubbs.

Audio: @SlimThugga f/ DeLorean & Doughbeezy - "0-100 (Remix)"

Audio: Slim Thug f/ DeLorean & Doughbeezy - "0-100 (Remix)"

Gold Club: This week’s Thugga Thursday comes in form of a Drake remix. Thugga recruits Houston rising spitters Delorean and Doughbeezy for the H Town rendition of Drizzy’s “0-100″.

New Album From Grammy Award Winner @Lecrae Is Now Available For Pre-Order (@StacheMedia)

New Album From Grammy Award Winner Lecrae Is Now Available For Pre-Order

'Stache Media: Lecrae, the critically-acclaimed Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist has launched the pre-order for his seventh studio album, Anomaly. Featuring guest artists Andy Mineo, Kari Jobe, for King and Country and Crystal Nicole, the album is available now as a pre-order at the iTunes store, on Amazon and at Merchline. Fans will receive two new songs from Anomaly, "Fear" and the first single, "Nuthin," as a free MP3 download with the pre-order through iTunes and Merchline. Anomaly has already impressively landed at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and #2 on the Overall iTunes Top Album chart.

Anomaly will be available in-stores and online Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Lecrae, known for his music message that is often at odds with his hip-hop peers, speaks of monogamy, contentment, and faith. While remaining true to his beliefs, Lecrae has managed to garner critical media buzz, release chart-topping albums and mixtapes, headline the highest ticketed tour in the country, draw a Grammy nomination and win a Grammy award for Best Gospel Album.

Lecrae has been praised by mainstream and hip-hop press alike with features in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, XXL, The Source and Vibe Magazine, among others. Radio personality and MTV News Executive Producer Sway Calloway recently proclaimed Lecrae's music as the "Evolution of Hip-Hop."

Most recently, Lecrae's co-headlined tour, "Winter Jam" was rated as the highest ticketed tour in the country (First Quarter) this year by Pollstar.

He's performed on the BET Network's Hip Hop Awards and the BET Experience, was featured on Statik Selektah's mixtape, toured with the famed "Rock The Bells Tour" and released a mixtape that soared to double platinum status on Datpiff garnering over 500,000 downloads. The mixtape, Church Clothes, debuted at #10 on iTunes as an EP, and charted on Billboard.

Gravity, Lecrae's last studio album broke industry records when it debuted with 70,490 units sold in its first week--making it the #1 Rap Album, #1 Independent Album, #3 on the Billboard 200, and earning Lecrae the Grammy award for Best Gospel Album. His previous album, Rehab, landed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart debuting at No. 17, while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes. In 2013, Lecrae released his follow-up mixtape Church Clothes 2. The mixtape was hosted by Don Cannon and executive produced by Street Symphony. It featured several artists including Grammy-nominated B.o.B., Paul Wall, Novel, Kevin Ross, Crystal Nicole, King Mez; label mates Derek Minor and Tedashii, as well as production from Grammy Award-winning producers Boi-1da, David Banner, ThaInnaCircle, Dirty Rice, Tyshane and more.

Lecrae's message spreads beyond his music, however. He's a guest speaker at several major conferences and speaks to many professional sports teams throughout the year. ESPN noted, "Lecrae is highly sought after by players around the league -- and even team chaplains -- for his prayer sessions. Lecrae either does them at the arena or stadium or the visiting team's hotel, typically starting two hours before the game and lasting 45 minutes."

Lecrae's next tour, presented by Live Nation and Premier Productions, went on sale on Friday, July 25th. Featuring special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote, The Anomaly Tour kicks off in Houston on October 3rd.

Upcoming Lecrae Tour Dates
Date Venue | Location
October 3 Berry Center | Houston, TX
October 4 Verizon Theatre | Dallas, TX
October 5 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | San Antonio, TX
October 9* Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO
October 10* Abravanel Hall | Salt Lake City, UT
October 12 Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
October 15 The Warfield | San Francisco, CA
October 17 Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
October 18 Revolution Concert House & Event Center | Boise, ID
October 19 ShoWare Center | Seattle, WA
October 23 The Riverside | Milwaukee, WI
October 24 Skyway Theatre | Minneapolis, WI
October 25 Independence Events Center | Independence, MO
October 26 Aragon Entertainment Center | Chicago, IL
October 30 The DeltaPlex | Grand Rapids, MI
October 31 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre | Indianapolis, IN
November 1 The Louisville Palace | Louisville, KY
November 2 The Fillmore Silver Spring | Washington, D.C.
November 6 The Fillmore Detroit | Detroit, MI
November 8 Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ
November 9 Tower Theater | Philadelphia, PA
November 13 Times-Union Center Moran Theater | Jacksonville, FL
November 14 The Fillmore Miami Beach | Miami, FL
November 19 Mobile Civic Center Theater | Mobile, AL
November 20 Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center | Greensboro, NC
November 21 The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA

*Andy Mineo will not be performing.
Video: @ClintonSparks @TIP - "UV Love"

Video: Clinton Sparks f/ T.I. - "UV Love"

Future Star: Get Familiar with Clinton Sparks new single "UV Love" Featuring Grand Hustles T.I. off Clintons ICONoclast EP due out August 12th. The single is a reflection of Clintons diversity in the music world with an upbeat summer vibe and thrashing guitar licks accompanied by a stellar verse from T.I.

Video: @Busdriverr - "Colonize the Moon" (@TrevorSeamon)

Video: Busdriver - "Colonize the Moon"

Trevor: What would Gravity’s Rainbow sound like as a rap album? Here is an album which, if we may, reminds the listener of their whispered allegiances to fundamental realities. The brushstrokes are delicate, stabbing, pointed. The overwhelming crescendo they whirl towards may be one of bitterness, and rightfully so. There is also lightness. A black man is giggling and pointing at you. It may have everything and nothing to do with rap and one’s place in it. Humiliation, no longer a threat—but a reality, has been exhausted. Perfect Hair is what remains.

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